It seems that Shikar Dhawan may not play in the upcoming Cricket World Cup 2019 matches due to injury. Rishabh Pant, the 21-year-old wicket-keeper batsman will replace Dhawan.
BCCI made an official request to ICC to replace Shikhar Dhawan with Rishab Pant in the World Cup 2019 squad matches.
As per the official site of ICC, it read India have decided to fly in Rishabh Pant, the 21-year-old wicket-keeper batsman, as cover for the injured Shikhar Dhawan, although no official replacement has been named in the 15-member squad yet.
As an explosive left-handed batsman, with a strike-rate of 130.98 in the five one-day internationals he's played so far, Pant is a like-for-like option to replace Dhawan. He has two hundreds in his nine-Test career, including one in England. He was in good form during the Indian Premier League as well.
Although no timeline has been given for his return yet, it is understood that Dhawan will miss the matches against New Zealand and Pakistan, and possibly the ones against Afghanistan and West Indies as well. KL Rahul is expected to open the batting in his place, with Hardik Pandya batting at No.4, and one of Vijay Shankar or Dinesh Karthik slotting into the middle order.
“Dhawan is presently under the observation of the BCCI medical team," the Indian team said in a statement on Tuesday, 11 June. "The team management has decided that Dhawan will continue to be in England and his progress will be monitored.” [Credits: ICC Cricket]
As per the official account of BCCI, it read, "an official request has been made to replace Shikhar with @RishabPant777 in the World Cup squad #TeamIndia #CWC19."